Sharon Patricia Holland (she/her) works across the fields of Black, Feminist, Critical Race and Queer Studies. Currently, she is the Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor in American Studies at the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill. She has served on almost every genre of committee at ASA, from the International Scholars Committee to the Academic Council and she has been part of the Program committee for two ASA Presidents and the Nominating committee. She is a graduate of Princeton University (1986) and holds a PhD in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992). She is the author of Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (Duke UP, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the ASA in 2002. She is also co-author of a collection of trans-Atlantic Afro-Native criticism with Tiya Miles entitled Crossing Waters/ Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Duke University Press, 2006). Professor Holland is also responsible for bringing a feminist classic, The Queen is in the Garbage by Lila Karp to the attention of The Feminist Press for publication (2007). She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press, 2012), a theoretical project that explores the intersection of Critical Race, Feminist, and Queer Theory. In 2021, she finished a decade-long project about the capacious, but faulty boundary that is hum:animal titled, an other: a black feminist consideration of animal life. The book is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her next project is a collection of essays in the field of Food Studies and it thinks through a project that MFK Fisher imagined long ago in the inter-war years (How to Cook a Wolf (1934)) and its relevance for cooking, eating and being in these pandemic times. You can see her work on food, writing and all things equestrian on her blog, https://theprofessorstable.org/. She is the co-founder and past convener of the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective (fall 2019-spring 2021) at UNC https://criticalethnicstudies.unc.edu/, and was Chair of the American Studies Department at UNC-Chapel Hill https://americanstudies.unc.edu/ from 2020-2022.
At the onset of the pandemic, she became the co-founder of the QTIPOC Survival Fund https://qtipocfundchcbro.weebly.com/, a partnership with community organizers to redistribute wealth and foster self-determination among our most vulnerable members of the community. The fund has given over 150K to QTIPOC people in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and rural surrounds and has actively partnered with local social justice not-for-profits like EqualityNC. The QTIPOC Survival Fund was recognized for its work by the Orange County Rape Crisis Center with the 2021 Teal Ribbon Award. The Fund has also received grants from the Third Wave Fund, SEWSA (Southeastern Women’s Studies Association), and Southern Vision Alliance. It actively partners with Resource Generation collaborators and local businesses to get the word out that solidarity, not charity can end forms of economic violence and sustain communities into this precarious thing we call a “future.” The QTIPOC Survival Fund was recently recognized by Essence Magazine as one of the seven BIPOC led mutual aid funds to think about contributing to and or supporting during PRIDE 2022. https://www.essence.com/news/black-lgbt-mutual-aid/.